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December 03, 2010

To know, to will, to dare and, in this instance, not to keep silent

Save the Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica!

The Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica (BPH, or Ritman Library) in Amsterdam has been a very important institution for research into hermetic philosophy and related currents, particularly early modern Rosicrucianism and alchemy, for decades. In a dramatic and very unsettling turn of events, the library’s existence as we know it is now being threatened.

I signed the petition but have had second thoughts. In light of the Netherlands likely near future, it may be best for the collection to be broken up, sold and moved overseas. Almost two-thirds might be saved from the fire.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at December 3, 2010 09:44 AM